-Future-Of-Sports-Watches Tech

‘All’ new & current Bike/Run/Tri/Fitness Models with GPS. Rumours of replacement dates for Garmin, Polar, Suunto, Wahoo, Fitbit…more the5krunner

Coros Apex Review 42mm 46mm GPS Running Triathlon Multisport Watch

V2.057 – 17 December 2018

Coros Apex Review 42mm 46mm GPS Running Triathlon Multisport Watch

Coros Apex Review 42mm 46mm GPS Running Triathlon Multisport WatchThis submit is frequently up to date earlier than being changed, periodically, with a new one which accommodates a refreshed, extra pertinent introduction & commentary. This submit is meant to provide you an concept of which GPS Bike and Run sports activities units can be found NOW and more likely to be superceded quickly (or not). My private curiosity is speculating about new fashions and replacement fashions. Clearly this website critiques and discusses some of these units intimately and in addition speculates about some potential units intimately as properly.

Current New Stuff

The complete record of ‘everything’ is additional under, listed here are some current headlines (there are different leaks additional down within the desk and listed by producer)

  • TOPRUMOUR: Vivoactive four PLUS Music…CES2019
  • TOPRUMOUR: Full rebranding (sub-brand), extension and launch of Garmin triathlon watch vary
  • RELEASED: Amazfit Verge
  • RELEASED: COROS APEX, in evaluate (42mm, 46mm)
  • SPECULATION: New Wahoo bike pc?
  • SPECULATION: Polar Vantage LITE
  • SPECULATION: Suunto 7, Suunto 5

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“Fzzzzzzz” greatest describes the top of 2018, with solely the Polar Vantage providing us any actual new product pleasure.

The general degree of Fzzzzz-ness will possible proceed over the subsequent few years however China and Garmin ought to each give us periodic explosions of tech delight. Or one thing like that.

Garmin Vivoactive Tech

First up is the beginning of a new tech development. Yay! It seems to be probably that Garmin can be embedding some type of mobile chip contained in the new Garmin Vivoactive Three Plus Music; or is it the Garmin Vivoactive Three Music Plus? Both approach Garmin might be knocking actually exhausting at Suunto’s door on the subject of giving a product the longest attainable identify.

Garmin’s Vivoactive vary typically has first-line new tech on Garmin units. ie the Vivoactive (or Fenix) is usually a showcase for tons of new, inner techy bits and items. So it shall be once more. With the Garmin Vivoacteve Three Plus Music it is possible for you to to go away your smartphone at house and nonetheless be capable of be tracked by your associate who might be making certain that you simply full laps of the park and never journeys to the bar on the native pub while you’re listening to the Spotify subscription they purchased you for Christmas.

Too fantastical? Nope. I’ve been saying it for a very long time in earlier iterations of this submit and a few Apple/WearOS watches already do that. Current FCC filings and different information helps these assertions. Liklihood?…tremendous excessive, that is backed by proof and credible rumours.

Garmin Triathlon Tech

It appears like Garmin are NOT releasing a 935 Plus or 945 or 645 Triathlon or 745XT. Nicely, that’s not strictly true. They are going to be launched in 2019 however Garmin will name them; one thing else’. Let’s say it’s referred to as Trimax (the identify is a pure guess). We might get a Garmin Trimax and a Garmin Trimax Professional. The previous can be the 745XT and the latter the 945 and there may additionally be a 945 Music/NFC/LTE/Galileo. My guess is that we might additionally see a Trimax Lite as there’s a area out there for that from Garmin. Thus, with this vary, we might be speaking about one thing comparable in precept to the cut-down BUT COMPETENTGarmin Intuition (eg no CIQ) however, as an alternative, for the triathlon market. The Trimax Lite would then turn out to be a worthy competitor of the likes of the Amazfit STRATOS (albeit costlier). Probability?…excessive, some of that is backed up by proof.

2019 shall be Garmin’s “year of the tri”. I reckon they may even be updating some of their equipment eg a BLE+ANT+ HRM strap and a Operating Energy Footpod. There might even be a rebranding of one thing just like the Edge 130 to turn out to be a ‘dummy display unit for the bike leg of a tri” as data is relayed to it from the Trimax – eg called Trimax BIKE. Key feature? A tethering point to avoid it being nicked in transition (yes, really, people do).

These devices are going to be more accurate and even more Galileo-friendly than the current crop ie 2020-Galileo ready.

WearOS Tech

None of you are interested in WearOS tech. I know that. But I am 😉 I promise (maybe) that something in 2019 might just finally excite you sporty types. Liklihood? high…very good leaks from the people who are making it.

Bike Wars

Hammerhead’s Karoo and Sigma Sport Rox 12 is perhaps solely very, very slowly denting Garmin’s EDGE bike computer systems’ stranglehold available on the market. However a revamped and barely improved Wahoo ELEMNT may put the cat amongst the pigeons. BIG BUT  – there’ll in all probability even be a pair of new, giant Garmin cats feasting away too. Liklihood? Pure guesswork.

Please let me know of any others.

All the newest hypothesis and leaks alongside with feedback on current merchandise are right here: >> FORUM <<


That is my opinion of current & future units throughout the GPS operating/biking market. Updates to this shall be issued as and when info emerges which can embrace rumors, though please observe that any info offered to me beneath NDA by producers won’t seem right here and I gained’t speak about it. So there shall be a couple of extra surprises over and above all of this 😉 I’ve a minimum of an inexpensive degree of confidence that watches predicted for the longer term are broadly right – timings and performance might NOT be what I anticipate. Please let me know of errors or omissions. On the finish of the desk is a quick dialogue about current points and potential future options. Thanks . Take pleasure in.


Class Hyperlinks to both a evaluation, opinion article or your native Amazon Feedback Bike Edge 1000 Outmoded Bike Edge Discover Current: Jul 2018’s smaller model of the Edge 1030. Most efficiency options eliminated. Good for navigation Bike Edge 1030 Current, launched alongside with podless Vector Three Bike Edge 20, Edge 25 Entry degree biking pc Bike Edge 130 Entry degree biking pc with very fascinating specs. Might 2018 Bike Edge 200, Edge 500, Edge 510 Successfully Discontinued Bike Edge 520 Nonetheless an incredible biking pc Bike Edge 520 PLUS current. up to date hardware functionality (CIQ3) and software program Bike Edge 530 530 due Q1.2018 however this was in all probability negated by the Edge 520 Plus and Edge 130 Bike Edge 800, 810 Successfully Discontinued Bike Edge 820 Flagship top-end, nav biking pc Bike Edge 830 Anticipated March 2019ish. Outdoor Epix Good However Successfully Discontinued and changed by Fenix 5X Outside Fenix, Fenix 2, Quatix Previous Outdoor Fenix Three Fenix Three HR + variants Current, nonetheless nice units Outside Fenix 5 PLUS, 5s PLUS, 5x PLUS Garmin’s flagship mannequin for 2018-2019. Notbaly up to date Fenix 5 fashions. No replace for the 935 but) although. Outdoor Fenix 5, Fenix 5s, Fenix 5x Garmin’s flagship mannequin for 2017-2018. Caveat Emptor. The Plus model is the one you need to purchase. Outdoor Intuition Oct 2018 A cut-down outdoors-focussed Fenix Outdoor Intuition 2 Due 2020 Outside Tactix Bravo (disc), Tactix Charlie, Descent MK1, D2 Bravo, D2 Charlie, Quatix ‘military’/searching, diving, aviation variants of Fenix 5 Outside Fenix 6, Tactix Delta, D2 Delta, Descent MK2 Anticipated 2019, (Delta 2020) Outdoor Fenix Chronos High quality innards. F5s firmware. Costly. Outdoor Fenix Chronos 2 2019, if ever Outdoor Fenix 2 / Fenix 1 Successfully Discontinued, inferior to subsequent fashions. Run Forerunner 210, Forerunner 220, Forerunner 225 Successfully Discontinued Run Forerunner 230 In all probability gained’t get replaced. Successfully Discontinued. Run Forerunner 235 Replacement due. Good Run Forerunner 235L Apr2018’s cut-down model for the Chinese language market. Run Forerunner 245 Overdue, 2019 Run Forerunner 25 Entry degree run/sports activities watch Run Forerunner 30 Entry degree run/sports activities watch Run Forerunner 35 Entry degree run/sports activities watch Run Forerunner 45 and 45M Overdue, 2019 Run Forerunner 610, Forerunner 620 Successfully Discontinued however ok Run Forerunner 630 Nice gadget Run Forerunner 645 and 645M Music and non-Music model Q1.2018. Probably 645-Triathlon or different variants to comply with Run/Tri Forerunner 735XT (or 645 tri) Current, nice mid-range tri watch (no barometer) Run/Tri Forerunner 745XT 2019 Run Forerunner 910XT Nice tri watch in its day, nonetheless ok if you’ll find one Run Forerunner 920XT Nice tri watch…all you want actually. Typically CHEAP Run/Tri Forerunner 935 Prime tri watch Run/Tri Forerunner 945 or Forerunner 935 Plus or 645 tri Q2-Q3.2019, Health Vivoactive Successfully Discontinued Health Vivoactive Three Current – contender to Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch Three Health Vivoactive Three MUSIC, Vivoactive 3M VA3 with music. Q2.2018 Health Vivoactive Three Plus Music PLUS could have a minimum of LTE. Q1.2019 Health Vivoactive HR Nice system, successfully Vivoactive 2, changed by Vivoactive Three Health Vivofit 2, Vivofit Three, Vivofit four December 2017: supercedes VivoFit Three Health Vivomove Gown watch, outmoded September 2017 Health Vivomove HR Current Sept 2017




Producer Class Hyperlinks to both a evaluate, opinion article or your native Amazon Feedback adidas Run Sensible Run Discontinued Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Bip / Tempo / Bip Lite Current Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run Tempo 2 That is the Smartwatch 2 (Chinese language) or Tempo 2 (Chinese language), 2S is sapphire mannequin. Replaces A1602 Smartwatch (Chinese language) and A1612 Tempo (Intl) Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Health Verge Current mannequin A1811, as over 1 Dec 2018 now promoting in USA Amazfit (Xiaomi-Huami) Run/Tri STRATOS Current, Multisport 2018 watch. Intl model Apple Health Watch Collection 1 (Sport), Watch Collection 2 w/Nike, Collection Three GPS+Mobile, Current Apple Health Watch Collection four w/Nike Current, runs on WatchOS5. Apple Health Watch Collection 5 Anticipated Sep 2019 will run on WatchOS6. May even be ok to lastly name a sports activities watch Bryton Bike RIDER 100, 310, 330, 410, 450h, 530E, Rider 530 T Current, 450E is prime mannequin @<$200 with all features even 310 @<$150 helps a PM Bryton Bike RIDER quite a few different fashions Successfully Discontinued Casio Outside


Professional Trek Sensible WSD-F20 Current, changed by F20/F30 introduced Aug 2018 Casio Outside


Professional Trek Sensible WSD-F30 Introduced: Jan 2019, changing WSD-F20. CatEye Bike STEALTH 50, Stealth EVO, STEALTH EVO, STRADA, PADRONE Sensible+ 2016 fashions are current COROS Run/Tri Tempo Tempo Multisport M1 Current, Garmin 735XT lookalike COROS Run/Tri Apex 42mm 46mm Current Oct 2018. Extremely credible endurance run and tri various. Competent small format out there Epson Run/Tri ProSense 17, ProSense 57, ProSense 307, ProSense 347 Discontinued Epson Run/Tri SF-series Discontinued Fossil Health WearOS Sport November 2018 Fitbit Health Blaze Changed by Versa Fitbit Health Cost, Cost 2 Discontinued Fitbit Health Cost Three Current Fitbit Health Versa Current SE model has Match Pay funds Fitbit Health Cost HR Discontinued Fitbit Health Ionic Current, September 2017 Fitbit Health Ionic adidas Introduced Feb 2018, has an adidas app Fitbit Health Surge Superceded by Ionic Fossil Health WearOS Puma-branded From 2019 to 2028 Geekery Outdoor IronCloud T1 IndieGoGo Marketing campaign Q2/Q3.2018 look however don’t contact. Cheaper Fenix 5 wannabe. Big Bike NeosTrack Biking Pc Hammerhead Bike Karoo Biking Pc, first models launched in Feb 2018. Huawei Health WearOS Match, Watch 2 Sport, Watch GT WearOS and a superb spec. Current (Watch 2 was 2017 with an incremental 2018 replace) The Match was successfully the “Watch 1 Sport”. Watch Three could possibly be the FORTUNA in October 2018 however extra doubtless we’ll see FORTUNA and a sporty “Watch GT” (GT is non WearOS) – these are successfully each the Watch Three. Huawei Health WearOS Honor Magic WearOS and an excellent spec, November 2018 Huawei Health Undertaking Talos Imminent (This fall.2018) Lezyne Bike Mini, Macro, Micro, Micro Watch, Tremendous, Mega, Watch variants MEGA introduced July 2018 @Eurobike LG Health WearOS Watch Sport Current, apparently one of the higher WearOS units – definitely spec seems to be the perfect. Watch2 has seen e-sim in china solely LG Health WearOS LM-W315 , LM-305, LM-W325, LM-W319, LM-W315 might be referred to as ICONIC. With one of the opposite fashions being the ICONIC SPORT. LM-W319 might be as quickly as Sep 2018 (doubtless that is now the W7 which is a non-sports hybrid.) however a Watch3 by-product shall be 2019. Mont Blanc Health WearOS Summit 2 Introduced – a number of fairly superior sporty options Google Health WearOS Pixel Smartwatch To be launched in 2019. Unclear if a SPORT/FITNESS model shall be launched as properly. MIO/Magellan Bike Cyclo 605, 505HC+ others Good units. The 505HC seems to now be discontinued and changed with a barely superior 605HC (Q2.2017). Different fashions embrace Cyclo 210 (re-announced Aug2018?), 400, 405, 405HC

Not sure of state of affairs in USA with sister firm MAGELLAN. Who’ve dated ECHO/SWITCH run/bike merchandise

Misfit Health WearOS Vapor WearOS. Changed by Vapor 2 Misfit Health WearOS Vapor 2 WearOS. Current. MiVia Health Run 350 2017 Firstbeat goodness, Versa look-alike Mobvoi Health Ticwatch 2 aka Ticwatch Lively 2017 price range sport watch with GPS & Music Mobvoi Health E2 2018 price range sport watch with GPS & Music Mobvoi Health WearOS Ticwatch S 2017 WearOS 2.zero finances sport watch. Ticwatch E is cheaper and non-sport model. Ticwatch 2, Lively and Basic are totally different – not WearOS Mobvoi Health WearOS Ticwatch Professional WearOS 2.zero Thriller Health WearOS New Entrant WearOS 2.zero, This fall.2018 at earliest. Perhaps a long run challenge for 2019 Moto Health WearOS 360 Sport – 2nd Gen/Sport Current New Stability Health WearOS RunIQ WearOS. Current Polar Bike V660 V650 refresh 2019/2020 Polar Run/Tri Vantage V V800 replacement Polar Run/Tri Vantage M Extra run-focussed than the V mannequin and a bit greater than the M430. Polar Run/Tri Vantage Lite Potential entry-level run watch based mostly on the prevailing Vantage framework Polar Health A370 A360 replacement with linked-GPS Polar Run M200 Entry degree oHR operating/sports activities watch 2016. replacement 2018/2019 Polar Run M400 Changed by M430 in Q1.2017 Polar Run M430 An optical M400, launched Polar Bike M450 Changed by M460 in Q1.2017 Polar Bike M460 M450 with STRAVA LIVE Polar Run WearOS M600 Greatest WearOS sports activities watch for Android Polar Bike V650 Bike Nav Biking gadget. May get a refresh however positive as -is Polar Run/Tri V800 Nonetheless an incredible multisport watch, changed by Vantage V & Vantage M Samsung Health Gear Sport Current (Gear Match Professional is BAND format and the Samsung Gear Match Plus could possibly be the 2018 model of that) Samsung Health Gear S4 SM-R800 for This fall.2018. In all probability alongside a revamped Gear Sport, maybe referred to as Gear Sport four for consistency of naming? or could possibly be Galaxy Match. Sigma Sport Bike Rox GPS 7.zero, ROX GPS 10.zero, Rox GPS 11.zero, Rox 12.zero Sport Good function set, current.

Rox 12.zero Sport June 2018 seems like an enormous leap forwards for the corporate

Sony Health WearOS Smartwatch Three SWR50 WearOS. Current SoWatch Health SoWatch IndieGogo – Sports activities and different stuff Skagen Health WearOS Falster 2 With GPS added, this now counts as a sports activities watch. It goals to be seen because the prettiest. Pioneer Bike CA600 Biking Pc SRM Bike PowerControl 7 (PC7) Biking Pc SRM Bike PowerControl eight (PC8) Biking Pc Levels Bike Sprint (L10) Biking Pc. low cost and nicely featured Levels Bike Sprint L50, M50 New fashions for launch c This fall.2018. Suunto Numerous Ambit Three variants (Peak, run, Sport…) Nonetheless nice units. In some ways superior. Suunto Numerous Ambit four The SPARTAN TRAINER is the replacement to the AMBIT3, no less than in phrases of appears. Suunto Numerous Ambit/Ambit 2 Successfully Discontinued Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Sport Current, OK to purchase now Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Sport with oHR (WHR) Current Suunto Outdoor Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Current with extra variants probably in 2018 Suunto Run/Tri SPARTAN Coach New outside variants in Jan 2018, additional variants probably in 2018 Suunto Outside SPARTAN Extremely Current, OK to purchase now. Suunto 9 is efficient replacement Suunto Health Suunto Three Health Current. Low-end mannequin with fascinating specs. GPS solely from paired and carried smartphone. Suunto Health Suunto 9 Current. Excessive finish Spartan ULTRA replacement Suunto Health Suunto 7  Replacement for Suunto Spartan Sport Suunto Health Suunto 5  Replacement for Suunto Spartan Coach TomTom Outside Adventurer Nonetheless a fantastic watch. Nevertheless it seems to be like TomTom sports activities division is being closed down at the least in US. TomTom Run Runner Three, Spark Three Nonetheless an excellent watch, additionally a CHEAP MUSIC model. Nevertheless it seems like TomTom sports activities division is being closed down. Nonetheless firmware updates as of 8May2018 TomTom Run Spark, Runner, Runner 2 Successfully Discontinued, there was by no means a Spark 2 Wahoo health Bike ELEMNT An excellent biking pc Wahoo health Bike ELEMNT BOLT An ideal biking pc Wahoo health Bike + ? ELEMNT New ??? Hypothesis for Q3 2018/19. CEO/Chip is on report saying Wahoo are wanting past biking. Could possibly be a swim watch, who is aware of? It wouldn’t be unreasonable to anticipate a new ELEMNT with improved display+hardware Wahoo health Bike ELEMNT MINI Minimize down biking pc no GPS, no energy compatibility, Wahoo-only sensors XPLOVA/Acer Bike X3 EVO Current XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 Outmoded by EVO XPLOVA/Acer Bike X5 EVO Current, refreshed mannequin XS Health XS four Smartwatch Indiegogo – Watch, telephone, every thing.
  • There are lots of different low-priced manufacturers, a number of of that are visible rip-offs of the primary manufacturers’ fashions.
  • Some low-priced manufacturers embrace: PARNERME, UWEAR, GoLife, GooPhone, Reabeam, igSPORT

What have I missed? Are there others?

Word: info that has turn into obtainable about equipment is NOT included (too many of them). There are additionally too many Energy Meter variants for me to maintain monitor of. I’ve greater than a passing curiosity in PMs for triathlon disciplines however I don’t regulate the entire market – the doc I maintain up-to-date on PM is my information to one of the best energy meter. I’m usually going to exclude bands, above, just like the Vivokids v2 though some bands have sneaked in there already.

Current Tendencies/Future Tendencies?: The large development is ‘not here guv’….the sensible cash is now in MEDICAL-WEARABLE tech moderately than sports activities wearable tech. In any other case there’ll nonetheless be innovation in greater res color screens; music (on watch and live-streamed through eSIM/nano SIM); battery-duration innovation; <1m GPS accuracy Galileo – now confirmed in Garmin FORETREX and Edge 130; vendor apps/app retailer (eg Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay, Apple Pay, Ali Pay); WORKOUT DATA requirements, openness and integration; mapping/navigation (on watch and through eSIM); help for novel equipment & sensor knowledge – environmental (climate), physiological (hydration, blood glucose) & spatial (radar); optical HR; deep smartphone integration (AW2, Apple); widespread firmware throughout quite a few watch variants; simultaneous dual-band exercise recording (ZWIFT+your most important recording gadget with BLE); on-watch SIM card/eSIM (for reside providers like CRASH and WEATHER and FRIEND LOCATIONS principally for cyclists and STREAMED MUSIC for runners); sensible residence integration/Web of Issues integration; integration of video recording onto Bike computer systems.

Future Challenges: Music on watches has nonetheless not been correctly addressed. You may cite TomTom Three, Apple Watch, Garmin Forerunner 645M/VA3M/F5SPlus and WearOS as all together with operating with music functionality however ultimately somebody wants to determine the way to correctly help a number of, stay streaming providers (albeit with just one lively). However simply how precisely will reside streaming providers be correctly dealt with aside from by way of on-watch SIM. And only a few sports activities+music watches have an eSIM eg Apple, LG and Samsung. One other development that’s but to start out with MUSIC on the run is that of help for High quality CODECS – AptX and AptX HD aren’t supported on any operating watches AFAIK.

Product Cycles: Some corporations attempt to copy the Apple mannequin of a new model annually. That wants a LOT of R&D to make believable enhancements. Moreover, the arrival of materials enhancements in performance can stagnate, as telephone handset producers at the moment are discovering. Garmin typically have extra believable 2-Three yr cycles for a replacement mannequin – however their huge vary of merchandise retains the advertising deparment regularly busy. When Garmin announce a new hardware ‘base’ (often the very best spec one) there then follows numerous cut-down variations to make cheaper much less in a position units – they will have cheaper elements &/or restricted firmware, while primarily in any other case being the identical product.

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